Let's talk about the soul crushing experience when realizing that I can't afford any form of editing that I would like. In fact, I'm fairly certain the only editor I'm ever going to afford is a life-time license to ProWritingaid.
Yes, Lady McEachern tried to go out and find an editor for her series, and she nearly died at the prices that were just going for an editorial assessment. I thought it would cost a few hundred dollars. Not thousands. So what is a writer to do when they can't justify even the cost of having just an assessment? I have no clue.
I'm between a rock and a hard place again. My only recourse is to just edit everything myself again. Which honestly is something I don't want to do. I don't trust myself to clean everything up with a fine tooth comb. However, I want the downloadable versions of my novel to be nice. Guess it won't be as nice, given I can't justify the cost for something that's a passion project.
Crowdfunding might sound like a solution, but I don't have an audience to crowdfund. And I can't offer anything other than a nicely edited copy to those who pay, and that doesn't seem to be enough. Plus, I don't want to do all of this for a series that had so far gotten lukewarm reception on RoyalRoad and absolutely no attention on any other platform.
So my plans will move forward, just not with any help.
Also, I've been fairly amused by Twitter collapsing in on itself like a red giant gone supernova. Who would've thought that a single man could shake Twitter up so much, that it is causing a mass upheaval, splintering people to use other social media. From what I gathered, artists are migrating back to Tumblr and seems some writers have their sights on Mastodon. Which I'm going to avoid them both. I'm giving another place a change called Cohost. It might lead to something, it might not. Who knows. It's still very much in beta and I'm not an activated user yet, so it's taking time for them to be able to handle the people they have there. Let's move on to books.
I have finished this book. Of all the books I've read of The Secrete Library, this one was the most, ehhh one so far. Oh, don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it. It's just that I don't think this is the strongest of all the entries.
I am going to read the next entry I have soonish. I'm just reading down my ebook TBR pile. Right now it's A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan. Then I'll get to Unravel the Dusk.
So what about To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini?
You can watch my feelings below. This is really just a test. I don't know if I want to continue doing this sort of thing on camera. I don't have that great of a speaking voice.